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Great Seal State Park © stateparks.com
Chillicothe, Ohio
Great Seal State Park © stateparks.com
Great Seal State ParkChillicothe, Ohio
Great Seal State Park © stateparks.com
Great Seal State Park © stateparks.com
Chillicothe, Ohio
Great Seal State Park © stateparks.com
Great Seal State ParkChillicothe, Ohio
Great Seal State Park Great Seal State Park © Lonnie Williams
Hiking on the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Great Seal State Park Great Seal State Park © Lonnie Williams
Hiking on the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Great Seal State Park Great Seal State Park © Lonnie Williams
Hiking on the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Great Seal State Park Great Seal State Park © Lonnie Williams
Hiking on the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Great Seal State Park Great Seal State Park © Lonnie Williams
Hiking on the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Great Seal State Park Great Seal State Park © Lonnie Williams
View from atop Sugarloaf Mountain
Great Seal State Park Disk Golf © John Kelley
We were on a walk, everywhere you turn there is a disk golf hole.
GREAT SEAL STATE PARK ACTIVITIES
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres1,862
 Water, acres2
 Nearby Wildlife Area, acres900
Day-UseHuntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles5
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #2
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles17
 Bridle Trails, miles17
CampingPrimitive, #15
 Pets Permittedyes
 Horsemen Campsites, #5
WinterCross-Country Skiingyes
Birding
The park offers a variety of birding options, with over 120 species recorded. It is home to several habitats including mature forests and meadows that attract different types of birds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes during migration season. The area's diverse topography also provides excellent opportunities for spotting raptors like hawks or eagles soaring above the hillsides. Birdwatchers can explore multiple trails which offer unique viewing experiences throughout the year.
Trails
Twenty miles of trails are available to both hikers and horsemen. The terrain varies from steep to gently rolling. It is advised that horses and hikers be well conditioned for these trails. The Sugarloaf Mountain Trail (yellow), 2.1 miles, climbs through dense maple-dominated forests to the crest of Sugarloaf. This loop is short and rises almost 500 feet in less than a quarter mile.

Shawnee Ridge Trail (blue), 7.8 miles, comprises Bald Hill, Sand Hills and parts of Rocky Knob. Several steep sections are part of this forested trail.

Mt. Ives Trail (orange), 6.4 miles, winds along Mt. Ives and provides several scenic vistas. The trail is strenuous.

Three hiking trails (Grouse Rock, Spring Run and Picnic Loop) are available. The Spring Run Trail may be used for cross-country skiing when weather conditions permit.
Bicycling
Bicycling enthusiasts can enjoy over 17 miles of challenging trails, with varying levels of difficulty. Be prepared for steep climbs.

The park's terrain is hilly and rugged due to its location in the Appalachian foothills. Exercise caution while biking.

Mountain bikers should be experienced as some paths are quite technical, featuring sharp turns and sudden drops or ascents.

Remember that these multi-use trails also accommodate horseback riders and hikers; always yield right-of-way accordingly to avoid accidents.

Check trail conditions before setting out since wet weather could make certain areas slippery or muddy, increasing risk factors significantly.

Wear appropriate safety gear such as helmets at all times when cycling within this state-owned recreational area.

Lastly, respect nature by staying on designated routes only - off-trail riding is strictly prohibited here.
Swimming
Great Seal State Park in Ohio is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering various swimming options to beat the summer heat. The park features a beautiful lake and a beach area, providing ample opportunities for visitors to enjoy a refreshing swim. Additionally, there are designated swimming areas and lifeguards on duty to ensure the safety of swimmers. Great Seal State Park is the perfect place to cool off, relax, and have fun in the water.
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